So, back in April I cleaned out my closet and put away or got rid of all the clothes I don’t wear. I’ve continued getting rid of stuff, even my most precious way-too-small stuff. (Well. A lot of it is sitting in piles waiting for me to mail it to people. Mailing stuff is expensive.)
I bought fabric and some basics, like jeans. I sewed myself a dress no. 1.
After that we got really busy rearranging our apartment, which takes forever because we are four people and a lot of stuff in three rooms. So I haven’t sewn anything else, but I have been slowly collecting off-the-rack pieces. (THAT SOUNDS SO FANCY. I’ve bought a few t-shirts and some skirts and jeans. I shop at Old Navy and Target. I’ve also bought some fun t-shirts online.)
Our apartment is in pretty good shape but I haven’t gotten into the habit of creating again. For one thing, it’s been insanely hot and that just makes me sleepy. It’s started cooling off a little so I am hopeful that I will get back into the swing of making. (Or into it at all. I’ve always gone in fits and spurts. I’d rather it be a regular thing.)
My wardrobe building has been a little unusual. It’s not a true capsule wardrobe, because that implies that I am narrowing down my existing wardrobe, when in fact I am building it from almost nothing. In a way, I think this makes it easier for me. My hard choices are all based on what I can afford.
My goals are/were to have a well-rounded wardrobe, suitable to wherever I need to go, with a good range of items that mix and match well. I want good colors, variety, and to look/feel cute at all times. Being comfortable is non-negotiable.
Lots of details follow.
I started by making a series of lists in a notebook. Short sleeve tees, long sleeve tees, cardigans, pullover sweaters, tops, tunics/dresses, skirts, pants. I decided early on that since my jewelry brings me great joy, I would not limit it (for now, anyway–I may end up pulling stuff I don’t wear). Same for scarves and shawls. I have only a couple pairs of shoes, and minimal other accessories, like tights. None of that stuff concerns me, wardrobe-building-wise. I also left all of my referee clothing, both uniform and casual stuff, off the list. I am treating it as a separate wardrobe, essentially. Likewise I didn’t count any workout clothes, sleeping clothes, etc. I have a few dresses that are more formal which I haven’t counted because I haven’t decided if I’m keeping them.
Here’s where I’m at right now:
2 olive tees
6 (?) graphic tees
purple ls tee
burgundy ls tee
navy cotton cardi
safety yellow cotton cardi
WIP: Woodstove Season cardi
TO KNIT: Vitamin D (green alpaca silk)
grey angora turtleneck
WIP: Gallifrey scoopneck pullover
TO KNIT: Tide Pools (Three Fates Eponymous)
TO KNIT: Anthi (pink Whatnot sock)
TO KNIT: 50s cropped top (need yarn)
TO MAKE: Colette Violet in brown bird fabric
TO MAKE: Simplicity 3538 in blue bird fabric
TO MAKE: Simplicity 3538 in red bird fabric
(Apparently my life is birds.)
orange dress no. 1
black t-shirt dress
TO MAKE: strawberry dress (3538)
TO MAKE: pond life tunic (3538 or Sonya Philip)
TO MAKE: green dress no. 1 OR tunic (Sonya Philip)
black/white striped skirt
olive/white striped skirt
TO MAKE: cherry fabric skirt
TO MAKE: wool plaid skirt
TO MAKE: brown corduroy skirt
2 pairs cropped jeans (one dark rinse, one light)
WANT: olive trousers
WANT: bootcut jeans
WANT: wool navy (as in armed forces) pants
WANT: thick leggings (maybe make in wool)
You might notice that if I make everything on my list, I will have somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 items, which is a lot more than my original goal of 33. First of all, it it CRAZY unlikely that I will actually make it all. And second of all, there are several things I would GLADLY get rid of. My solid v-neck t-shirts, for example, are made from such ridiculously thin fabric that I have to wear a cami under them. RIDICULOUS. Also would happily lose my black jeggings if I find/make some good leggings.
SO. That’s a lot of information about what’s happening with my wardrobe. Anybody else doing this?